Over the past 20 years, Montenegro has provided shelter to displaced persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, as well as to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kosovo. While some of the displaced persons and IDPs have already integrated locally, most of them are still in need of durable housing solutions due to their extreme socio-economic vulnerability.
The Montenegrin Government has over the years constructed some 1 300 housing units with the support of international donors; however, this has not been enough to cover the needs. In 2011, the Government of Montenegro adopted the National Strategy for Durable Solutions for Displaced and Internally Displaced Persons, with special emphasis on the Konik area. The Strategy has created a framework for the permanent and sustainable resolution of displacement issues in Montenegro.
Semsija Gasi (28) came from Djakovica in 1999 with her parents and has lived through the whole Konik Camp history: first they lived in canvas tents, then in small wooden barracks that they built. In the summer of 2012, a big fire burned down all the existing tents and huts, leaving the Camp tenants without any belongings. Thanks to the fast reaction of the Government of Montenegro, UNHCR, CEB and other partners, temporary tents were provided immediately, and they were soon replaced by containers with water and electricity installations, fridges, stoves and basic furniture. Semsija has a 13-year old son who goes to school by the Camp bus. The transportation to city schools is organised daily by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro for all children from the Camp, lowering the school drop-out rate to a minimum. Semsija regularly participates at women’s workshops organised by the Red Cross, which provide an opportunity for Roma women to discuss challenges in their everyday lives and to look for solutions. Educational workshops on health and social issues are also organised, with a high attendance rate by the Camp tenants, contributing to Konik residents’ adaptation to everyday urban life. In November 2017, Semsija and her son moved to the new RHP financed apartment in one of the 12 newly constructed buildings. The smile on their faces tells how much they appreciate this new chance to re-start their lives.
SUB-PROJECTS IN MONTENEGRO
Construction of two blocks of flats for 62 I/DP families in Niksic
Provision of housing to 171 most vulnerable families from camp Konik 1 and its surroundings, through construction of 17 buildings in the city of Podgorica
Construction of a home for 68 elderly/handicapped persons in Pljevlja
Construction of 94 apartments for 271 persons in the municipality of Berane
Purchase of 36 apartments in the municipality of Herceg Novi
Construction of minimum 50 individual houses in various municipalities in Montenegro
Montenegro Factsheet - March 2018
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND
The Ministry ensures the institutional set-up of the Montenegrin Country Housing Project’s management and control system, development of sub-projects, selection of beneficiaries, conclusion of inter-institutional agreements with municipalities (in case housing solutions are implemented on their territory), submission of procurement plans to CEB, monitoring reports, as well as approval and submission of requests to the Ministry of Finance for the payment of contracts.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION UNIT
The Directorate carries out the activities such as: establish and maintain a procurement and contract management system, and manage any donor funds received for technical assistance, provide relevant input for the development of sub-projects as agreed with/requested by Lead Institution, co-sign inter-institutional agreements with municipalities, develop tender dossiers and conduct procurement or perform ex-ante controls on tender dossiers and stages of procurement (when municipalities are Contracting Authorities), manage and monitor contract implementation, as well as check and approve invoices submitted by contractors.
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare